APhA-APPM and APhA-APRS Announce 2017 Election Results

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Officers will begin serving their terms at the 165th APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Nashville, TN, March 16-19, 2018

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) today announced the election results for the Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS). The newly elected officers will begin serving their terms at the 165th APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Nashville, TN, March 16-19, 2018.

APhA-APPM elected the following officers: 2018-2019 APhA-APPM President-electCatherine Kuhn, PharmD, FAPhA, of Plain City, OH; 2018-2020 APhA-APPM Executive Committee Members-at-Large - Andrea Brookhart, PharmD of Palmyra, VA; Denise Clayton, BSPharm, of Mayflower, AR; and Brent Thompson, PharmD, of Mora, MN.

Also, APhA-APRS elected the following officers: 2018-2019 APhA-APRS Basic Sciences Section Chair-elect - Jennifer Lamberts, PhD, of Big Rapids, MI; 2018-2019 APhA-APRS Clinical Sciences Section Chair-elect - Roger D. Lander, PharmD, FASHP, FCCP, BCACP, of Birmingham, AL; and 2018-2019 APhA-APRS Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences (ESAS) Section Chair-elect  - Spencer E. Harpe, PharmD, PhD, MPH, of Downers Grove, IL.

Elected by the Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM)

Catherine Kuhn, PharmD, FAPhA, is a managed care clinical pharmacist at Partners for Kids (PFK), a pediatric accountable care organization affiliated with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In her position, she is responsible for improv­ing quality and outcomes of medication-related care as well as managing pharmacy expenditures. She earned her PharmD from Ohio Northern University and completed a community practice residency at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and Kroger Pharmacy. Prior to her current role at PFK, she spent time in academia as a community pharmacy shared faculty member and at two community pharmacy chains as a clinical coordinator. Kuhn is an active member of the APhA and the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA). She is OPA President-elect (2016–2017) and Vice Chair of OPA’s MTM committee. She has served in leadership positions for APhA including APhA-APPM Executive Member-At-Large, New Practitioner Officer for APhA-APPM’s Community & Ambulatory section, Chair of APhA-APPM Education Committee, and Chair of House of Delegates Policy Review Committee. She was the 2011 recipient of APhA’s Distinguished New Practitioner Award and the 2013 recipient of OPA’s Young Pharmacist Award.

Andrea Brookhart, PharmD, says her passion for pharmacy began when pursuing entry into phar­macy school at the University of Toledo (UT) as an undergraduate. At UT, Andrea became involved in APhA-ASP as a pre-pharmacy student, and turned her attention to community pharmacy and the impact pharmacists have on their patients. Her desire to pursue a community pharmacy residency evolved from her experience as a researcher in the Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research Laboratory at UT, evaluating the impact Medication Therapy Management (MTM) can have on economic, clinical and humanistic outcomes. Andrea graduated with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2012, and moved to Virginia to continue her education as a community pharmacy resident at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Kroger Pharmacy. After com­pletion of her residency, Andrea stayed with Kroger Pharmacy as a pharmacist and Patient Care Coordinator (PCC), transitioning to full time PCC in 2014. Since then, Andrea’s focus has been on the coordination of, pharmacist train­ing for, and implementation of clinical services in 16 pharmacies in central Virginia. She performs goal setting and support of MTM and immunization efforts, delivers performance updates, and serves as a clinical subject matter expert to those pharmacies. Within The Kroger Company, Andrea acts as the enterprise Chair for the Medication Therapy Management Workgroup and is a member of Women’s EDGE, a group dedicated to supporting and advancing women personally and professionally. She also serves as the site coordinator and primary preceptor for a community pharmacy resident affiliated with VCU, as well as a preceptor to student pharmacists. Andrea has remained involved in APhA since her time as a student pharmacist, participat­ing as a chapter leader, transitioning to involvement as a new practitioner on the Transitions Editorial and Advisory Board, and now as an active member of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.

Denise Clayton, BSPharm, is a clinical pharma­cist for AR Blue Cross Blue Shield for Commercial Pharmacy operations. Over the past two years, Denise has served as the Coordinator-elect and Coordinator for the Medication Management Special Interest Group. She has coordinated the work of four commit­tees of the MM SIG focusing on projects to provide tools and resources for all APhA members interested in providing MTM and patient care services. Denise’s previous experiences have included working as the Manager of Clinical Initiatives and MTM for a pharmacy risk management company, providing MTM services for patients in community pharmacies, serving as a Clinical Consultant Pharmacist and practicing as a hospital pharmacist at a large hospital in Little Rock, AR. Denise has completed the APhA certificate training programs, Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services, Pharmacist and Patient-Centered Diabetes Care and Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery. As a faculty trainer, Denise teaches the Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services program to other pharmacists in Arkansas. She is a member of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association where she is the District 1 President and is a preceptor for UAMS College of Pharmacy.

Brent Thompson, PharmD, is Pharmacy Director at FirstLight Health System in Mora, Minnesota, starting in 2000 as the only Clinical Pharmacist. During this time with FirstLight, the practice has grown to nine pharma­cists and nine certified technicians practicing in acute, ambulatory, and community caring for patients in a small rural hospital, three rural clinics and a community pharmacy. Brent earned his PharmD at North Dakota State University and has been active in professional associations since his early college years. He finished a term as President of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) in 2011. In addition to serving and chairing many committees and the board of Directors for MPhA since 2001, he served on the 2012–13 APhA Policy and Reference Committees and six years in the APhA House of Delegates. His most notable honors include having his FirstLight pharmacy team receive the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Association (NASPA) Excellence in Innovation Award in 2013 and he was the recipient of the 2014 APhA Foundation Bowl of Hygeia Award. In addition to his professional work, he is passionate about our future. He introduces high school students to pharmacy through a Careers Exploration class, maintains a full schedule of interns, and co-coordinates a pharmacy residency. As a community leader, Brent is a Director on the Pine County Agricultural Society, bringing thousands of kids to the Pine County Fair each year. In 2015, he was Chair for the Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County, working toward the reduction of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse among youth and young adults.

Elected by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS)

Jennifer T. Lamberts, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at Ferris State University College of Pharmacy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College and a PhD in Pharmacology from University of Michigan. She completed her postdoctoral training in neurodegenerative science at Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Lamberts then joined the faculty at Ferris State University in 2014. Dr. Lamberts' research interests include defining the cellular mechanisms responsible for Parkinson disease pathogenesis, including (but not limited to) inflammation, protein aggregation, transport defects, and energy dysregulation. She greatly enjoys working with students in the lab, and she is proud to serve as the advisor to a recipient of a 2016 AFPE Gateway Research Scholarship. Dr. Lamberts is active in several professional societies, including American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and National Postdoctoral Association. In particular, she recently served as the Co-Chair of the Meetings Committee for the National Postdoctoral Association where she was responsible for overseeing the planning of the organization's annual meeting. Dr. Lamberts also enjoys facilitating student learning in the classroom. She is currently Course Director of Pathophysiology 1 and 2, and teaches several topics in Drug Action.

Roger D. Lander, PharmD, FASHP, FCCP, BCACP, currently serves as Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy and PharmD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed a clinical pharmacy residency at Truman Medical Center. He then served four years as a faculty member at UMKC’s Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy. Moving to Samford in 1986, he has developed practices in adult medicine, nutrition, ambulatory care, and pharmacokinetics. He served as Vice-Chair, then Chair and Assistant Dean for Practice Programs for 10 years. In 2003, Dr. Lander developed ambulatory clinical pharmacy services at the Jefferson County Health Department, where he started and directed a PGY1 residency training program. In 1994, Dr. Lander helped develop a clerkship for Samford students at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals in London, England and assisted the pharmacy department there in the development of their ambulatory anticoagulation services. Dr. Lander helped establish Samford’s faculty/student exchange program with Meijo University in Nagoya, Japan and has traveled widely throughout Japan and Asia for information exchange and to assist colleges and hospitals in their clinical teaching and practice. He has also helped develop study opportunities at Samford for pharmacists from England, Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and most recently Vietnam. Dr. Lander is also one of the founders of the Asian Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, which originated with 37 Asian delegates attending a meeting at Samford University in 1997. This meeting, now held annually in various Asian countries, typically attracts some 800-1200 participants from more than 15 countries. 

Spencer E. Harpe, PharmD, PhD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Administration at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy where he teaches courses in pharmacy management, health care quality, epidemiology, and statistics.  He holds a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a PharmD from the University of Mississippi. Harpe earned his PhD in Pharmaceutical Administration with a focus on health outcomes research from the Ohio State University, as well as an MS in Pharmaceutical Administration and an MPH with a concentration in biostatistics. His research interests include pharmacoepidemiology, outcomes research, and health care quality. Harpe frequently collaborates with colleagues in various practice settings to evaluate the outcomes and impacts of pharmacy services.  He also has an interest in educational research, especially related to methods for teaching statistics and research and evaluation methods. His research has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed publications and resulted in presentations at national and international meetings. Harpe has served on committees for several professional organizations.  From 2014 to 2016, he served on the APhA-APRS ESAS Contributed Papers Review Committee and was Chair of that committee in 2014-15. He is currently the 2016-17 chair of the APhA-APRS ESAS Research Roundtable Committee. In addition to serving as a peer-reviewer, Harpe has served on the editorial advisory boards of several pharmacy-related journals, including the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA). Since 2014, he has served as an Associate Editor for JAPhA.


The APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) is dedicated to assisting members in enhancing the profession of pharmacy, improving medication use and advancing patient care. APhA serves pharmacists in all practice settings, including independent and chain community pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, health maintenance organizations, federal facilities, nuclear pharmacies, and other specialized settings. Members receive access to continuing education, an online community of practitioners, networking and leadership opportunities, tools and resources for developing patient care services, cutting edge information on Medication Therapy Management and regulatory issues facing the profession.


The APhA-Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS) stimulates the discovery, dissemination and application of research to improve patient health and serves pharmacists and those members who are involved in the pharmaceutical sciences. Members of APhA may choose to belong to a primary section within APhA-APRS based on their area of research. APhA-APRS is governed by an Executive Council comprised of elected leaders from the three Sections of APhA-APRS: Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences and Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences. Members receive access to continuing education, an online community for pharmacists, networking and leadership opportunities, premier research journals such as JAPhA and JPharmSci, cutting edge information on Medication Therapy Management, and regulatory issues facing the profession.


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